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September 22nd, 2011

Snake River School Board approves contracts

September 22, 2011

THOMAS — The Snake River School Board of Trustees approved all one-year contracts for teachers and extracurricular and special assignment contracts for the 2011-2012 school year at their meeting Wednesday night.
All certified employees within the district not eligible for a continuing contract were placed on a one-year contract, set to expire in June 2012. Superintendent Russell Hammond said they chose not to offer two-year contracts in hopes that salaries may be increased next year with a new contract.

Threat to Blackfoot schools a hoax

September 22, 2011

Threat made to Blackfoot schools a hoax

BLACKFOOT — A threat made against schools in Blackfoot Monday night was found to be a hoax, police said Wednesday.
Law enforcement was notified of the threat Monday night from a citizen who had heard an individual speaking into a cell phone, Lt. Paul Newbold with the Blackfoot Police Department said. The threat was related to a school shooting and was targeted toward students in the sixth through twelfth grades, Newbold said.

Theft reported at Community Garden

September 22, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Organizers of the Blackfoot Community Garden are asking the public to help prevent thefts from the garden.
People who are seeking to help themselves—whether it is through lowering grocery bills or providing their families with nutritional fruits and vegetables have tended to the garden, which consists of approximately 15 private plots.
This week, approximately $1,000 worth of produce grown in the garden was taken, said Lee Hammett, Community Dinner Table board member. The Community Garden is an extension of the Community Dinner Table.

September 21st

Palmer sentenced in Ponzi scheme

September 21, 2011

POCATELLO – An Eastern Idaho man who pleaded guilty to running a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Tuesday.
Daren Palmer, 42, formerly of Idaho Falls, was sentenced for his role in a Ponzi investment scheme in which investors lost over $29 million, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson said.

City Council eliminates residency requirement for department heads

September 21, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot City Council eliminated a section of its personnel policy that requires all department heads to live within the city limits. The decision was made at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.
The policy, which required all new appointed department heads to live within the city limits or move within the city limits within six months of hire, was eliminated. The section of the policy requiring all on-call city employees to live within five miles of the city limits remains. This applies to police, fire and certain water, sewer and street personnel.

Snake River Storytime delights children

September 21, 2011

THOMAS — One hundred fifteen youngsters, ages 2 to 6, and their parents attend Storytime each week at the Snake River School Community Library.
Storytime is at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each Tuesday and Wednesday and at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Miss Peggy, aka Peggy Hansen, and Miss Mindy, aka, Mindy Baldwin are the Storytime teachers.
Miss Peggy starts each Storytime with a nursery rhyme.
"Reading success for children increases if they know nursery rhymes," she said.

Two teens die in Interstate 15 collision

September 21, 2011

BLACKFOOT — A two-vehicle accident on Interstate 15 Tuesday afternoon left two local teenagers dead.
According to Idaho State Police, Micah Story, 17, of Chubbuck, was traveling northbound on Interstate 15 at milepost 83 at 3:05 p.m. in a 2002 Ford Mustang. Jacob Colbo, 18, of Blackfoot, was a passenger in Story's vehicle.

September 20th

Precinct boundaries change

September 20, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Bingham County commissioners approved changes to precinct boundaries in the county last Thursday. The precinct lines have been adjusted to more closely match the county's school districts, said Election Director Marlene Jensen.
A total of 318 people will be affected by this change.
If an elector's voting precinct has been changed, he/she will be notified by mail prior to Nov. 1, Jensen said.
Commissioners also voted to make Atomic City Bingham County's first mail ballot precinct.
A mail ballot precinct is consistent with absentee voting, Jensen said.

Mobile Food Pantry seeks volunteers

September 20, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Once a month, volunteers with the Mobile Food Pantry distribute food to those in need in the community—and more volunteers are needed.
The Mobile Food Pantry, sponsored by the Community Dinner Table, Blackfoot Community Pantry and the Idaho Foodbank, takes place the fourth Thursday of each month. The Food Pantry is currently operating at 340 W. Sexton St.
In July and August, the pantry served 160 families. They distribute between 8,000 and 10,000 pounds of food each month.

September 19th

Service projects keep community busy

September 19, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Service to community was the theme at several activities around Blackfoot on Saturday.
Members of various wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and of Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church prepared corn for the Community Dinner Table.
Over 100 people participated in the Second Annual Buddy Walk to support families and increase awareness of Down Syndrome. And firefighters invited passers-by to Fill the Boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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